Grainy Mustard Is The Secret To Elevating Bland Steamed Veggies

steamed vegetables on a plate
steamed vegetables on a plate - Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock

Veggies that are watery and make your taste buds say "meh" are far too common. But there's an easy fix that involves a simple condiment you probably have in your pantry for those Fourth of July cookouts or late-night sandwiches: grainy mustard. This ingredient is used to amp up the flavor of classic mac and cheese and Spaetzle dumplings, and grainy mustard's same qualities can be used to elevate the flavor of steamed vegetables, transforming them from boring to satiating.

Mustard is comprised of savory and acidic ingredients like vinegar, lemon juice, and wine, all of which can brighten the taste of any dish. Grainy mustards can have a powerful, spicy heat that is often accompanied by an added texture. And if you are worried that the heat might be too much for younger palates, you can add a little flavor symmetry with a touch of honey for a bit of sweetness.

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How To Add Grainy Mustard To Your Vegetables

Grainy mustard in a jar
Grainy mustard in a jar - Stefan Tomic/Getty Images

One of the easiest ways to incorporate mustard into a steamed veggie dish is to create a vinaigrette or creamy sauce that you can sprinkle or dollop on as liberally or conservatively as your tongue demands. Either of these options pairs perfectly with steamed vegetables like potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and Brussels sprouts. A mustard vinaigrette can also dress up your steamed beets if you want to really change up how this root veggie is served. The tangy flavor of the mustard contrasts and complements the sweetness of this beautiful harvest of goodness.

The type of grainy mustard you choose to use will also influence the level of heat that comes with it. For this reason, if you are sensitive to spicy foods, start with just a little bit of mustard and taste as you go until you hit just the right sensation for your mouth. And once you've mastered the grainy mustard, don't be afraid to experiment with other mustards to create new and unique tastes.

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